RDX review: A high-octane action entertainer with stylish fights

'RDX' has a plot that's laced with revenge, romance, and songs besides beautifully choreographed fight scenes that form its soul.

ByArjun Ramachandran

Published:Aug 25, 2023

A poster of the film RDX
Paisa-vasool entertainer!

RDX (Malayalam)

  • Cast: Antony Varghese, Shane Nigam, and Neeraj Madhav
  • Director: Nahas Hidhayath
  • Producer: Weekend Blockbusters
  • Music: Sam CS
  • Runtime: 2 hours 31 minutes

The title of a movie plays an important role as the audience has expectations of the film. RDX is such a movie which created hype with its title before its release.

Robert, Dony, and Xavier (RDX) are the three major characters in the movie. And it’s a pretty smart move to finalise this title.

RDX is a movie that is aimed as an action entertainer. Action choreography and the way it’s executed are some of the elements that keep the audience watching the movie.

RDX has a plot that has revenge, romance, and songs — some of the common ingredients for a mass entertainer. It also has the background of Perunnal (Church festival) where fights happen.

Movies such as Angamaly Diaries (2017) and Porinju Mariyam Jose (2019) also have these festivals in their plot, and the core story revolves around this.

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RDX has Antony Varghese, Shane Nigam and Neeraj Madhav

‘RDX’ has Antony Varghese, Shane Nigam and Neeraj Madhav. (Supplied)

In RDX, the story starts with a Perunnal where a fight happens when Dony encounters a gang that picks up a quarrel with his father Philip (Lal).

In retaliation to this issue, the same gang attacks Dony and his family in the middle of the night. Damage is done in this scene as Robert and Xavier are alerted.

The RDX team unites again to take revenge for this brutal attack.

The camera now pans to the past of the trio who get well-trained in martial arts, especially Karate. The three-man gang have a lavish lifestyle as they belong to wealthy families.

Dony and Robert are brothers and Xavier is the son of their martial arts teacher Antony (Babu Antony). They are good friends, too, and the director creates enough and more fight sequences for the actors.

However, the issues created by the trio become a headache for the families.

To make matters worse, the RDX gang gets involved in a brawl with a group of people in a colony during the Carnival in Kochi. After this incident, the three men aren’t much involved in street fights. But they have an enemy who wants to take revenge.

This story is all about his revenge and how the RDX team tackle the situation.

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Actions scenes are highlight

Nahas Hidhayath directorial RDX

Nahas Hidhayath’s directorial ‘RDX’. (Supplied)

Debutant director Nahas Hidhayath pens a usual revenge story. But the screenplay by Adarsh Sukumaran and Shabhas gave it the comical elements.

RDX has beautifully choreographed fight scenes that form its soul.

Even though the family story, the flick moves forward with the swag of three main actors — Antony Varghese, Neeraj Madhav and Shane Nigam.

It also has a song sung by Neeraj Madhav, which gives momentum to the action scenes directed by Anbarivu.

The composition by Sam CS gives a rhythm to the movie and the background music gives goosebumps to the youngsters.

Since the plot is based on fights, the film has 6-8 action sequences.

The Carnival fight and the climax fight scenes are exceptional ones. The actors did their part well in here.

Antony Varghese already has a fanbase with his action films like Angamaly Diaries and Ajagajantharam (2021).

But Babu Antony, who himself is a martial arts specialist, should have been given extra action sequences.

Interestingly, a fight sequence has been given to Mahima Nambiar who plays the role of Mini. She has a good role as the pair of Robert.

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The music of RDX is composed by Sam CS

The music of ‘RDX’ is composed by Sam CS. (Supplied)

Performance-wise, Neeraj Madhav has an interesting role — with both serious and comical moments. A dancer himself, the actor shines as a fighter too, in RDX.

Antony Varghese can be the next bankable actor. His admirers can be seen cheering inside the theatre for his action scenes. He did a decent job.

Shane Nigam, who is also a dancer, did well in the action scenes.

Each actor has been given equal importance in this action entertainer.

Vishnu Agasthya is at his best as the main antagonist Paulson. Earlier, he proved his mettle in offbeat films and even the recent movie O Baby.

Being an action film, female actors don’t have much to do. However, Mahima Nambiar as Mini delivers a good performance.

Lal as Philip gets nothing much to perform, but his character is relevant to the plot.

Babu Antony too is good in action scenes.

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Final take

RDX is a paisa-vasool action entertainer targeting youth and family audiences this festival season.

(Views expressed here are personal.)